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April Residential Construction, May Home Builders Survey

Housing Started but Builders Balked April Housing Starts increased by a strong 20.2 percent to a 1,135,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction climbed in April by 10.1 percent to a 1,143,000 unit pace. The National Association of … Continue reading

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April U.S. Employment

Hiring Bounces Back in April, Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.4 Percent April Payroll Employment bounced back to show a gain of 223,000, as March was revised down to +85,000. The Unemployment Rate for April fell to 5.4 percent. Average Weekly … Continue reading

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March Income and Spending, Q1 Employment Costs, April UI Claims, Fed

Unconvincing Data Keeps Fed on Hold S. Personal Income was unchanged in March. After taxes and inflation it dipped 0.2 percent. Real Consumer Spending increased by 0.3 percent in March as auto sales rebounded. The Employment Cost Index continued to … Continue reading

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2015Q1 GDP, February House Prices, April Consumer Confidence

First Quarter Real GDP Growth Meager at 0.2 Percent Real Gross Domestic Product growth for 2015Q1 registered a barely positive2 percent annual rate. The Case-Shiller U.S. House price index gained4 percent in February, up 4.2 percent for the year. The … Continue reading

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January Retail Sales, December Inventories, February UI Claims

Job Gains and Cheap Gasoline Were Not Enough to Spur Sales January Retail Sales decreased by 0.8 percent, as non-gasoline categories slumped. Ex-auto Retail Sales fell by 0.9 percent. Business Inventories for December were up by 0.1 percent. Initial Claims … Continue reading

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January 2015 U.S. Employment

U.S. Jobs Machine in High Gear The January Payroll Employment Survey showed a stronger-than-expected gain of 257,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for January ticked up to 5.7 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees were steady at 34.6 hours. … Continue reading

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2014Q4 GDP, January UI Claims

Fourth Quarter Real GDP Growth Eased to 2.6 Percent Real Gross Domestic Product growth for 2014Q4 eased to 2.6 percent after 5 percent growth in Q3. Inventories were stronger than expected, setting the stage for weaker gains in 2015Q1. Real … Continue reading

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January Consumer Confidence, December Home Sales, Durable Goods, November House Prices

Mostly Positive Data for FOMC to Ponder, Policy Announcement Due Tomorrow New Home Sales for December increased by 11.6 percent to an annual rate of 481,000 units. December Existing Home Sales gained4 percent, to a 5,040,000 unit annual rate. New … Continue reading

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December 2014 U.S. Employment

Another Strong Month for Job Creation, Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.6 Percent The December Payroll Employment Survey showed a gain of 252,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for December dropped to 5.6 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees were … Continue reading

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January Rig Count, December ADP Employment, ISM Non-MF Index, Auto Sales, November Trade

U.S. Economy Finishes 2014 Strong, Oil Prices and Rig Count Still Sliding The December ADP Employment Report showed a strong gain of 241,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for December eased to a still-positive 56.2. Light Vehicle Sales for … Continue reading

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